Metal roofing systems have low maintenance requirements, and are one of the most durable options available. However, “low maintenance” is not “no maintenance”. In today’s post, local roofing company Frame Restoration Roofing and Construction shares tips on how to maintain your metal roof and make it last longer.
Keep the Roof Edge and Gutters Clean
Most metal roofing systems have smooth surfaces, which gives them superior efficiency at handling high amounts of rainfall, as well as solid matter like leaves, twigs, and debris. This means the gutters are more at risk of getting clogged. Regularly cleaning the gutters can help prevent problems caused with clogged gutters, such as rainwater infiltration at the roof edge, damage to the attic insulation, and corrosion caused by standing water.
You can elect to hire gutter professionals or clean your gutters yourself, but it has to be done regularly. Alternatively, consider investing in gutter protection systems. They’re designed to separate solid matter from rainwater, which can help reduce, even eliminate, the need to clean your gutters.
Trim the Trees In the Yard
Watch out for tree branches that may be touching the surface of your roof. Sharp twigs can scratch the coatings on your metal roof, particularly during windy days. This can expose the bare metal underneath to corrosion. Try to maintain a clearance of about ten feet between the outermost branches and the roofing surface. A local arborist can help you trim the branches without harming the tree. Apart from preventing potential damage, trimming the trees in the yard can help reduce the leaves that fall on your roof. It can also prevent small animals from gaining access to your roof.
Conduct Regular Roof Inspections
Inspect your roof on a regular basis between scheduled maintenance appointments. All you’ll need to do is visually inspect the roof, keeping an eye out for signs of damage such as dents and punctures, as well as missing or dislodged components like flashing. If you find any such problems, schedule a repair appointment. The sooner such problems are fixed, the less repair work will be needed.
Frame Restoration Roofing and Construction is your leading provider of roofing services. Give us a call at (469) 346-8544. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.